Making waves in Jamaican (and worldwide) reggae circles, up and coming roots reggae artist Chronixx sat down with LargeUp to discuss his music, his musical community and the Rastafari movement. Named one of Large Up’s Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2013, Chronixx has been slowly building a name for himself with energetic live performances and a Major Lazer-backed mixtape, showcasing his conscious, Jah-inspired jams. Check what he has to say below and hit the link at bottom to jump to LargeUp for the full exclusive interview.
LargeUp: How did you get started?
Chronixx: My music come from early beginnings, from childhood days. I used to sing at school, in church, and then my whole family sings. My daddy, Chronicle, caused me to be very exposed to music from a very tender age. That’s where the music started for me. Professionally now, that’s when I was in high school. I started producing. Making riddims. But the music go from then until now. When I was 15, 16 I started producing and it was a great vibe for me.
LU: And you talk about Rastafari. Can you tell me how Rastafari influences your music and then this movement in general?
Chronixx: Our day to day life is based on Rastafari teachings. Haile Selassie I teaches us about education and the importance of education. He teaches about responsibility, and the importance of acknowledging your responsibility. Haile Selassie teaches about life, the economy and these things. So our day to day life is based on these things. Health, education, for the youth. So we put this back into the music. The thing with music is that people don’t just listen to music, they feel it. So if you sing about something that is not genuine, or something that you are not living, then the people won’t feel it. Like if you sing about your big BMW and you don’t have a BMW, then that’s some fake music. But when you sing about health and strength and spirituality and Rastafari teachings and you’re living it? People feel it and they identify with your feelings and then they connect better.